Frequently Asked Questions

I have an injury or illness that prevents me from walking long distances. Where can I park?

The Department of Public Safety does not issue temporary handicap parking permits.  We recommend that you contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to obtain a temporary placard.  The temporary placard will then permit you to park in designated handicap spaces.

My vehicle was towed. What do I need to do to get it back?

If your vehicle was towed from Sinclair property by Sinclair Police, it will be located at Sandy's Towing located at 3053 Springboro Rd. West (off Dryden Rd.).  To retrieve your vehicle you will need to take proof of ownership and insurance to Sandy's.

 If you were parked on the street, the two was probably the result of a parking violation from the Dayton Police Department.  To retrieve your vehicle you will need to go to the City of Dayton Safety Building on Third St. (across from building 12).  They require that all outstanding fines are paid for and provide proof of ownership, insurance, and identification.

What are blue lights and where are they located?

Blue lights are emergency call boxes mounted on large blue poles that dial directly to the dispatcher.  They are located on each floor in the main parking garage at the stairwells.  They are also strategically placed around campus for quick and easy access.

How can I file a compliment or complaint on a Sinclair Police employee?

You can contact the on duty supervisor at (937) 512-2700.

How do I apply for a police or security position?

The police department accepts applications for part-time security, student officers, and dispatchers on a continuing basis.  Positions are filled as needed.  Police officer positions are posted in the Dayton Daily News.

How do I get a copy of a report?

Copies are available by stopping by the first floor of building 7, room 112, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Most requests for reports will be processed within two working days.  NOTE:  Not all reports can be released.  Reports that have on-going investigations or sensitive data will not be released.  All student conduct reports are not made available to the public unless the report involves a criminal charge.

Where do I go to file a police report?

The Sinclair Police Department is located in building 7, room 112, next to the bookstore.  You can file a report at our station or call (937) 512 - 2700 for an officer to meet you at another location.

Do Sinclair Police officers work during breaks?

The Sinclair Police Department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Why does the dispatcher ask for my name whenever I call?

It is the department's policy to request the name of the caller for several reasons.  The most important reason is that we may have to reach you to get more information, particularly if you are reporting a crime or other incident.  We cannot provide services for vehicle lockouts and/or jump starts without obtaining the caller's name.

What are the differences between Sinclair Police Officers and security officers?

Sinclair Police Officers are certified peace officers in the State of Ohio.  They have full police authority and arrest powers.  Their primary jurisdicition includes all Sinclair Community College property and adjacent roadways.  Security officers do not have arrest or police powers.  They assist the police by providing visible patrols in the buildings and parking lots, open and secure rooms, secure buildings, and provide escorts.

Is the Sinclair Police Department part of the Dayton Police?

No.  Sinclair police officers are agents of Sinclair Community College and receive their police powers through the State of Ohio.  Sinclair Police work closely with the Dayton Police Department and many other local, state, and federal agencies.

Can Sinclair police officers make traffic stops on the street?

Yes.  Under the Ohio Revised Code, Sinclair Police have jurisdiction on any adjacent roadway or property.

Where do I go for lost and found items?

Lost and found is located at the Sinclair Police Department in room 7112, and is open during normal business hours.  If the property involves valuables (i.e. wallets, credit cards, or other sensitive items) they can be picked up between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Why was I stopped by the police?

There are numerous reasons an officer may stop someone.  It could be because the officer observed you commit a crime, traffic offense, or a violation of the Student Conduct policy.  Officers may also stop you to check on your welfare or if they are investigating a complaint.

When I called the police, why did more than one officer respond?

Depending on the type of call and the location, it is not uncommon for a second officer to respond.  The main reason for this is officer safety.  When a call is received, they whole story may not be known or the extent of any possible danger until after the officer has arrived on scene.

I have a carry concealed weapon permit. Can I carry my firearm on campus? If not, where can I store it?

Sinclair Community College does not permit any firearms on college property.  It is against Ohio Revised Code 2923.16 to carry any weapon onto any property belonging to a university.  If you have a firearm and need a place to secure it, we recommend securing the firearm in the trunk of your vehicle.

I received a citation on my vehicle. What do I need to do?

There are two types of tickets issued by Sinclair Police.  A "City of Dayton Police Department" citation has fines associated with it.  Offenses for these include handicap parking, parking near a fire hydrant, blocking a fire lane, or parking in a no parking area.  Information is provided on the back of these citations for appropriate action.

A "Sinclair College Police Department" warning tag does not involve any fines.  Offenses included vehicles parked over yellow or white parking lines, or in restricted areas suchs as reserved or specially marked spaces at loading areas.  The warning tag is just that - a warning and friendly reminder not to park in those areas.  After the third offense within a two year period, vehicles can be towed at the owner's expense.

Does Sinclair Community College have cameras in the buildings?

There are closed circuit television (cctv) cameras located in strategic areas througout campus including parking lots.

How would I be alerted if there is a problem on campus?

The Dayton campus has a campus-wide 1500 speaker  sound system that is used for lockdowns or other emergency announcements.  It also covers the exterior of all campus buildings and the parking garages.

If there would be an active shooter or hostile intruder on campus, should I pull the fire alarm?

No.  This would create a significant problem.  The Sinclair Police Department will place the college in lock down and will broadcast a voice message on the emergency broadcast system advising everyone of the lockdown.

Are we at higher risk of crime due to our proximity to the courthouse and jail?

Sinclair Community College is located in the Dayton Police Department Central Business District (CBD) which has the lowest crime rate in Dayton.  Although the jail could pose a problem with escapees, they are very rare.  Also, inmates escaping from jail try to get as far away from the jail as they can.  The college is in an excellent location for quick response from both the Dayton Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's office.